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Thanh Hoa

Orientation

Thanh Hoa is bordered to the east by the Ma River, which widens into a marshy delta before spilling out into the Gulf of Tonkin (Vinh Bac Bo). Several man-made canals and natural rivers all-but surround the centre of town. As elsewhere, Highway 1 takes on three new names as it passes through town -- Quang Trng, Tran Phu, and Ba Trieu, all in the space of less than 4 km. There are a number of hotels and guesthouses along this stretch, but noise and traffic make them rather unpleasant places to stay -- fortunately, Thanh Hoa offers a number of good options off the main road.

A good map of Thanh Hoa is available at the Viet Ly Book Store on the ground floor of the Hapromart--15,000 VND.

We found banking options limited and ATMs hard to find -- we spied one with a Plus System logo in front of the VIBank on Le Loi, but we'd suggest you not plan to do any banking while you're in town. The post office is on Tran Phu at the intersection with Le Loi -- low-cost internet and long distance phone service is available.

If you're interested in an organised tour of the province, we doubt you'll find an English-speaking guide, but you might try the Thanh Hoa Tourist Service on Le Loi.

Post Office: 33 Tran Phu, Thanh Hoa. T: (037) 955 134, F: (037) 757 485. Hours: 06:30 to 21:30.
Thanh Hoa Tourist Service: 34 Le Loi, Thanh Hoa. T: (037) 854 140, F: (037) 854 140. http://www.thanhhoatourism.com
VIBank: 27-29 Le Loi, Thanh Hoa. T: (037) 726 276, F: (037) 726 277
Viet Ly Book Store: 25 Le Loi, Thanh Hoa. T: (037) 857 099, F: (037) 857 099. Hours: 08:00 to 22:00.

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